Full text of "Kloran"
K - U N O
KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
BY W. J. SIMMONS
— CAUTION —
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WE, the Order of the Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan, reverentially acknowl-
edge the majesty and supremacy of
the Divine Being, and recognize the
goodness and providence of the same.
WE recognize our relation to the gov-
ernment of the United States of
America, the supremacy of its Con-
stitution, the Union of States there-
under, and the Constitutional Laws
thereof, and we shall be ever devoted
to the sublime principles of a pure
Americanism and valiant in the de-
fense of its ideals and institutions.
WE avow the distinction between the
races of mankind as same has been
decreed by the Creator, and we shall
ever be true in the faithful mainte-
nance of White Supremacy and will
strenuously oppose any compromise
thereof in any and all things.
WE appreciate the intrinsic value of
a real practical fraternal relationship
among men of kindred thought, pur-
pose and ideals and the infinite bene-
fits accruable therefrom, and we shall
faithfully devote ourselves to the prac-
tice of an honorable Clanishness that
the life and living of each may be a
constant blessing to others.
"NON SILBA SED ANTHAR"
—Original Creed Revised.
KNIGHTS OF THE
KU KLUX KLAN
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. OPENING CEREMONY.
2. READING OF APPROVED MINUTES.
3. READING OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES
4. APPLICATIONS FOR CITIZENSHIP.
6. CEREMONY OF NATURALIZATION.
7. DOES ANY KLANSMAN KNOW OF A
KLANSMAN OR A KLANSMAN'S FAM-
ILY WHO IS IN NEED OF FINANCIAL
OR FRATERNAL ASSISTANCE?
8. REPORT OF STANDING OR SPECIAL
9. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS.
10. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
11. GENERAL BUSINESS.
13. ELECTION AND INSTALLATION OI
14. FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND EDI-
FICATION OF THE KLAN.
15. PAYMENT OF KLAN DUES OR OTHER
INDEBTEDNESS TO THE KLAN.
16. KLIGRAPP'S STATEMENT OF RE-
CEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS AND
17. READING AND APPROVING OF MIN-
18. CLOSING CEREMONY.
LIST OF KLAN OFFICERS WITH
EXPLANATION OF TITLES.
Exalted Cyclops (President)
Kladd. _ (Conduct or)
Klarogo. .(Inner Guard)
Klexter .__ (Outer Guard)
Klokan (singular) (Investigator)
Klokann (plural) (Board of Investigators)
Night-Hawk (Ohg. Candidates)
The first four named are station officers.
The Night-Hawk is purely a kloranic officer.
Series 1, No. 4.
SUBJECT— THE KLORAN.
TO — EXALTED CYCLOPS AND ALL
Ever holding the best interest of the Invis-
ible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, in
mind and heart, and having had committed to
me the sacred trust of its government ; I there-
fore, by virtue of the authority vested in me,
do DECREE and OFFICIALLY PROCLAIM as
The Kloran is "THE book" of the Invisible
Empire, and is therefore a sacred book with
our citizens and its contents MUST be rigidly
safeguarded and its teachings honestly re-
The book or any part of it MUST not be
kept or carried where any person of the
"alien" world may chance to become acquaint-
ed with its sacred contents as such.
Its secrets MUST be held secure by you, and
the prescribed ' 'secret work' ' must not be used
in any other than a legitimate manner. The
signs MUST not be used only when necessary.
No innovation will be tolerated, and no fri-
volity or "horse-play" must be allowed during
All klansmen are required to study and im-
bibe its wholesome teachings and morally
profit thereby. All klansmen are required to
undergo an examination on the Kloran by the
Exalted Cyclops of his respective klan, or
another officer designated by him, before he
can be an eligible applicant for knighthood.
I hereby enjoin upon all Exalted Cyclops
and their Terrors to study CAREFULLY the
kloranic INSTRUCTIONS given herein in
light-face type; to commit to memory espe-
cially their respective parts, and to demon-
strate same in ceremony in a graceful, forceful
and dignified manner.
1 his decree is as binding as if its verbiage
was incorporated in the Oath of Allegiance.
IN WARNING : A penalty sufficient will be
speedily enforced for disregarding this decree
in the profanation of the Kloran.
Done in the Aulic of His Majesty, the Im-
perial Wizard, Emperor of the Invisible Em-
pire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, in the
Imperial Palace, in the Imperial City of At-
lanta, Commonwealth of Georgia, United
States of America, this the 26th day of June,
Anno Domini Nineteen Hundred and Sixteen,
Anno Klan L.
Signed by His Majesty —
WILLIAM JOSEPH SIMMONS,
Imperial Wizxr d,
DIAGRAM OF KLAVERN
The official form of the Klavern is a perfect
quadrate, with the official stations in the
corners, as indicated above.
KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
Just prior to the opening of the klonklave,
the Klaliff will procure the mounted flag and
stand it at and in front of his station ; the Klo-
kard will procure the altar flag and the un-
sheathed sword and place same on his station
with flag folded compactly; the Kludd will
procure the vessel containing the dedication
fluid and the bible and put same on his station,
and the Night-Hawk will procure the Fiery
Cross and stand it at and in front of the sta-
tion of the E. C.
The time having arrived for the opening of
the klonklave, the E. C. (in his absence his
substitute) will ascend his station, and stand-
ing will give one rap with his gavel and say :
"All present who have not attained citizen-
ship in the Invisible Empire, Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan, will retire to the outer den
under the escort of the Night-Hawk.
"The Klexter and Klarogo will take their
posts and faithfully guard the entrance to
After all the applicants for citizenship shall
have retired, the Klexter and the Klarogo will
close their respective doors, the Klarogo mak-
ing his secure. After this is done no one will
be allowed to pass the Klarogo into the klavern
until the klonklave is duly opened. All sub-
stitute officers shall be appointed at this
point. The E. C. will then give three raps with
his gavel and take his seat. (The officers do
not assume their stations at this time.) The
E. C. will then command—
E. C. "The Kladd of the Klan."
The Kladd will advance to a point about five
feet in front of the station of the E. 0., salute
and say :
Kladd. "The Kladd, your Excellency!"
E. C. "You will ascertain with care if all
present are klansmen worthy to sit in the
klavern during the deliberations of this klon-
Kladd. "I have your orders, Sir."
The Kladd will then collect from each
Klansman present the countersign and pass-
word. As he approaches a Klansman, that
Klansman will whisper the words into the ear
of the Kladd and resume Ms seat immediately.
If a Klansman should not have the word he
will remain standing. The Kladd will proceed
around the klavern to all present. After he
has finished he will return to the E. C. and
report as follows:
Kladd. "Your Excellency: I respectfully
report that all present are klansmen worthy
of the honor of sitting during the delibera-
tions of this klonklave. " (If any present have
not the words, the Kladd will add to the
above :) "Except those who stand before you ;
they presume to be klansmen, but they have
not the words."
The E. O. will ascertain of the Kligrapp if
the ones standing are worthy ; if so, he will in
struct them to advance to his station and pro
cure the same. If they are not worthy all
ceremony must cease until they become
worthy or are ejected from the klavern. If
there be visiting klansmen present they must
be invited to the E. O. station at this time, met
by him, then faced toward the sacred altar and
introduced to the klan. All klansmen will
arise and give the visiting klansmen Tsog.
The visiting klansmen will respond with Tsog.
This done the E. C. will give two raps with his
gavel and say :
"My Terrors, you will take your respective
stations as your names are called."
The E. O., sitting in his station, will call the
roll of officers. When an officer's name is
called, he will arise and answer : "Here," and
proceed to his station, stand erect and face
the sacred altar. (If an officer is absent his
substitute will arise and call his own name,
and say: "Substitute," and proceed to his
station.) When the names of the Klexter and
Night-Hawk are called the Klarogo will answer
for them if they are present, but if either of
them or both of them should be absent, the
Klarogo will give the manes of their substi-
tutes and so state.
No one will be allowed to sit on the station
with an officer unless by consent of the E. C.
The E. C. will then arise ; when he arises the
Terrors will face him and salute ; he will return
the salute and charge them as follows :
"My Terrors: Your fellow klansmen hold
you in high esteem. You have been chosen to
fill an important place in the affairs of this
klonklave and to set an example to all klans-
men of perfect observance of our oath and
dutiful devotion to our great fraternity.
Therefore, I charge you to discharge every
duty incumbent upon you with dispatch, effi-
ciency and dignity. Preserve peace and ob-
serve due decorum in our deliberations at this
time, and persevere with honor in promoting
and guarding well every interest of the Invisi-
ble Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."
The E. O. will then give three raps and com-
E. C. "My Terrors and Klansmen, make
All will arise and put on their robes but leave
their helmets off, and remain standing. (Rob-
ing may be omitted if there be no candidates
in waiting, in the discretion of the E.G.). He
will then say :
E. C. "Prepare the sacred altar."
The altar furnishings having been previous-
ly placed, the Klokard will advance to the
sacred altar from his station with altar flag
and sword; standing on side of sacred altar
next to Klaliff 's station, he will spread the flag
across altar with stars to his left and on op-
posite edge of flag from him, and then place
directly across center of altar the sword, with
hilt toward the E. C. and takes position No. 1
(see diagram, p. 7) facing the sacred altar.
As he leaves the sacred altar, the Kludd will
advance to the sacred altar with Bible and ves-
sel of dedication fluid; standing at point of
sword, he will place the Bible, opened at the
12th chapter of Romans, on and near the cor-
ner of sacred altar to his left and next to him,
and the vessel of fluid on and near the corner
of sacred altar to his right and opposite side
from him, and takes position No. 2 (see dia-
gram, p. 7) and faces the sacred altar.
As he leaves the sacred altar, the Klaliff
will advance to the sacred altar with the
mounted flag and will stand flag directly out
from corner of sacred altar at his left and
about one foot from corner of sacred altar,
and take position No. 3 (see diagram, p. 7)
facing the sacred altar.
As he leaves the sacred altar, the Night-
Hawk (in his absence, the Kladd) will advance
to the sacred altar with the Fiery Cross and
place it at and against center of sacred altar
on side toward the E. C.'s station, light it,
and take position No. 4 (see diagram, p. 7)
facing the sacred altar.
The Klokard, from his position, carefully
surveys the sacred altar to make sure it is
properly prepared, corrects any imperfections
in its preparation, if any ; from his position he
faces the E. O. (the other three Terrors will
do likewise) and addresses- the E. C. as fol-
Klokard. "Your Excellency, the sacred altar
of the klan is prepared, the fiery cross illum-
ines the klavern."
E. C. "Faithful Klokard, why the fiery
Klokard. "Sir, it is the emblem of that sin-
cere, unselfish devotedness of all klansmen to
the sacred purpose and principles we have
E. C. "My Terrors and Klansmen, what
means the fiery cross?"
All. "We serve and sacrifice for the right."
E. C. "Klansmen all: You will gather for
our opening devotions."
When he says this he will arise and advance
to and occupy position No. 2, occupied by the
Kludd ; as he approaches the Kludd, that Ter-
ror will advance to the sacred altar and take
position near the point of sword. All klans-
men will form on the quadrate, forming
straight lines between these four positions;
these four positions occupied by Terrors form
the corners of the quadrate. The Terrors, in
taking these positions, should step out far
enough to accommodate the members between
them, about an equal number on each side of
quadrate. The distance between klansmen in
this quadrate must be about three feet. If
there be more than enough to form one line,
the others will form back of the first line, and
so on until all are in position. Great care
must be exercised to form the quadrate cor-
rectly and symmetrically with the scared altar
in as near the exact center as possible. When
the formation is complete all will join in sing-
ing the following opening klode :
(The stanzas are sung to the time of "From
Greenland's Icy Mountains," and the chorus,
"Home Sweet Home."
"We meet with cordial greetings
In this our sacred cave
To pledge anew our compact
With hearts sincere and brave ;
A band of faithful Klansmen,
Knights of the K. K. K.
We all will stand together
Forever and for aye."
"Home, home, country and home,
Klansmen we'll live and die
For our country and home."
"Here honor, love and justice
Must actuate us all;
Before our sturdy phalanx
All hate and strife shall fall.
In unison we'll labor
Wherever we may roam
To shield a klansman's welfare,
His country, name and home."
After singing, the Kludd at the sacred altar
leads in the following prayer. (All must stand
steady with heads reverently bowed.)
Our Father and our God. We, as klansmen,
acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and
Thy loving kindness toward us ; may our grat-
itude be full and constant and inspire us to
walk in Thy ways.
Give us to know that each Klansman by the
process of thought and conduct determines
his own destiny, good or bad: May he forsake
the bad and choose and strive for the good, re-
membering always that the living Christ is a
Klansman's criterion of character.
Keep us in the blissful bonds of fraternal
union, of clanish fidelity one toward another
and of a devoted loyalty to this, our great
institution. Give us to know that the crown-
ing glory of a klansman is to serve. Harmon-
ize our souls with the sacred principles and
purposes of our noble Order that we may keep
our sacred oath inviolate, as Thou art our wit-
Bless those absent from our gathering at
this time; Thy peace be in their hearts and
God save our nation! And help us to be a
nation worthy of existence on the earth. Keep
ablaze in each Klansman's heart the sacred
fire of a devoted patriotism to our country
and its government.
We invoke Thy blessing upon our Emperor,
the Imperial Wizard, and his official family, in
the administrations of the affairs pertaining
to the government of the Invisible Empire.
Grant him wisdom and grace, and may each
Klansman's heart and sould be inclined to-
ward him in loving loyalty and unwavering
Oh, God I For Thy glory and our good we
humbly ask these things in the name of Him
who taught us to serve and sacrifice for the
right. Amen. (All say "Amen.")
After the prayer, all facing the sacred altar,
will give together Tsog and holding same will
say, "For my country, the Klan, my fellow
Klansmen and my home." Then all give the
N. H. to the flag. The E. C. then immediately
returns to his station ; as he vacates position
No. 2, the Kludd will advance from the sacred
altar and occupy position No. 2 ; as the E. C.
steps into his station, faces the assembly, and
gives one rap with gavel, at this each klans-
man will face him and give Tsotf-c, then
Tsoc-1, then raise Tsos, and then Tsok-c; as
he responds with Tsok-c they will recover. He
holds Tsok-c and says :
"My Terrors and Klansmen: In the sacred
cause we have entered, be thou faithful unto
death; be patriotic toward our country; be
clanish toward Klansmen; be devoted to our
He then recovers Tsok-c, and says : My Ter-
rors and Klansmen : What is the sworn duty
of a Klansman in klonklave assembled?"
All answer in unison — "To maintain peace
and harmony in all the deliberations of the
Klan in klonklave assembled, and take heed to
The E. C. will then give two raps with his
gavel. After all are seated he will say:
E. C. "I now officially proclaim that this
klonklave of Klan No.
of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku
Klux Klan, duly opened for the dispatch of
E. O. "Faithful Klarogo : You may now ad-
mit all qualified Klansmen, but guard well the
portal to this klavern. The Night-Hawk (in
his absence, the Kladd) will extinguish the
He gives one rap with his gavel, takes his
seat and proceeds with the regular order of
KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KuAN
The order of business having beer ^nished,
the E. C. will arise, give one rap with his gavel
and say :
"My Terrors and Klansmen: The sacred
purpose of the gathering of the klan at this
time has been fulfilled; the deliberations of
this klonklave have ended."
E. C. "Faithful Klaliff : What is the four-
fold duty of a Klansman?"
The Klaliff will arise and say :
Klaliff. "To worship God; be patriotic to-
ward our country ; be devoted and loyal to our
Klan and Emperor, and to practice clanish-
ness toward his fellow klansmen." (And re-
E. C. "Faithful Kludd: How speaketh the
oracles of our God?"
The Kludd will arise and say :
Kludd. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy
God. Render unto the state the things which
are the state's. Love the brotherhood : honor
the king. Bear ye one another's burdens, and
so fulfill the law of Christ." (And remains
E. C. "Faithful Klokard: What does a
Klansman value more than life?"
The Klokard will arise and say :
Klokard. "Honor to a Klansman is more
than life." (And remains standing.)
E. C. "Faithful Klaliff : How is a Klansman
to preserve his honor?"
Klaliff. "By the discharge of duty in the
faithful keeping of his oath." (And remains
E. O. "What say you, my Terrors?"
All the other officers will arise and say in
Officers. "Your Excellency: The immacu-
late truth has been spoken." (And remain
E. C. "What say you, my fellow Klansmen?"
All members will arise and say in unison :
Members. "Amen!" (And remain standing.)
E. C. "My Terrors and Klansmen: You
know well the duty of a Klansman; be thou
not recreant to duty's demands as we go hence
from this klavern to enter the stressful struggle
of the alien world. Protect your honor by
keeping inviolate your sacred oath."
The E. C. then gives one rap with his gavel,
and gives the Sok-c, which is answered by all.
All will recover the Sok-c together.
E. C. "The crowning glory of a Klansman
s to serve, 'Non Silba Sed Anthar." (All will
say: "Not for self but for others.") "Let us
e faithful in serving our God, our country,
our Emperor and our fellow klansmen."
The E. O. will then give one rap with his
gavel and say:
E. C. "My Faithful Klansmen: As peace
dwells among us you will assemble for our
All will assemble on the quadrate formed
as in opening ceremony (the Klarogo and
Klexter making secure their respective doors) ;
the Kludd stands at the sacred altar. All will
stand facing the sacred altar and come to the
Sotf-c, and resting palms on back of each
other, thus paralleling the Ars, and will join
in singing the following closing klode :
(Tune Dennis— S. M.)
"Blest be the Klansman's tie
Of real fraternal love,
That binds us in a fellowship
Akin to that above."
Each will then stand with left hand over the
heart and the right resting on the left shoul-
der of the klansman to the right.
E. C. "Klansmen: United in the sacred
bond of klanish fidelity we stand, but divided
by selfishness and strife we fall; shall we
stand, or shall we fall?"
All will answer :
"We will stand; for our blood is not pledged
Each klansman will then sing the following
"God of Eternity
Guard, guide our great country,
Our homes and store.
Keep our great state to Thee,
Its people right and free.
In us Thy glory be,
After the singing all look toward the mount-
ed flag and will Gtnh and then stand with
bowed heads; the KLudd standing at the sa-
cred altar will pronounce the following bene-
"May the blessings of our God wait upon
thee and the sun of glory shine around thy
head; may the gates of plenty, honor, and
happiness be always open to thee and thine,
so far as they will not rob thee of eternal joys.
"May no strife disturb thy days, nor sorrow
distress thy nights, and when death shall
summons thy departure may the Saviour's
blood have washed thee from all impurities,
perfected thy initiation, and thus prepared,
enter thou into the Empire Invisible and re-
pose thy soul in perpetual peace."
"Amen!" (All say, "Amen.")
The benediction having been pronounced
the E. 0. will immediately return to his sta-
tion, give one rap with his gavel and say :
E. C. "I now officially proclaim that this
klonklave of Klan No
Realm of ..of the Invisible
Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, duly
closed . The Klan will gather again in (regular
or special) klonklave night."
He will then say :
E. C. "Elansmen, One and All." Saying
this he Ltsos, which all will do likwise. All
will then give and hold Tsog, and the E. C.
E. C. "To you, faithful Klansmen, good
night!" All will say: "Your Excellency, good
night!" He and they will recover Tsog to-
gether. The E. O. gives one rap and an-
"The Eladd and the Night-Hawk will gather
and make secure the properties of the klan,"
"The klan is dismissed. Faithful Klarogo:
you will open the portal that all klansmen may
pass to the outer world."
On going out each ldansman MUST see to it
that the robe and helmet worn by him is care-
fully and properly placed in locker or other
place for safe keeping, if he does not carry
same home with him by permission of the
KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
When the ceremony of naturalization shall
have been reached in the regular order of busi-
ness, the Klarogo will signal by Allw to the
Klexter, who will repeat the signal to the
Night-Hawk in the outer den with candidates.
Prior to the signal the Night-Hawk will have
presented a blank Petition of Citizenship to
each candidate, requesting him to read and
sign same. (Said petition to be witnessed by
the Night-Hawk.) He will collect from each
candidate the klectokon, if same has not been
previously paid. On hearing the signal of the
Klexter he will excuse himself from the can-
didates and will approach the outer door of
the inner den and give thereon seven raps
(having in his possession the petition of the
candidates and the klectokons by him col-
Klexter. "Who dares to approach so near
the entrance of this klavern?"
N.-H. "The Night-Hawk of the klan."
Klexter. "Advance with the countersign."
(The N.-H. will then give the countersign in
a low whisper through the wicket.)
Klexter. (Will open the outer door and say)
The N.-H. passes the outer door into the
inner den of the klavern and at once enrobes
completely and then approaches and signals
on the inner door * * * * X. The Klarogo will
open the wicket. When the wicket is opened
the N.-H. will Gallw.
Klarogo. "Who seeks entrance to the
N.-H. "The Night-Hawk of the klan with
important information and documents from
the alien world for His Excellency."
The Klarogo secures the wicket, salutes and
reports to the E. C.
Klarogo. "Your Excellency: The Night-
Hawk of the klan is respectfully waiting to
enter the klavern with important information
and documents from the alien world."
E. C. "You will permit him to enter."
Klarogo. (Through the wicket Gallw, which
is answered by the N.-H. with Allw, and gives
the password through the wicket.) Then the
Klarogo opens the door and says : "You have
His Excellency's permission to enter." The
N.H. enters, steps across the threshold of the
klavern, stands erect and Gtsog; all will an-
swer by the same from their seats. The N.-H.
will then proceed to the altar. Arriving at the
altar, he Gtnh, then Gtsof-c, then removes
his helmet and Gtsok-c, and stands erect and
* * * * * *"•"'+ *
E. O. "Faithful Night-Hawk, you may now
speak and impart to us the important inform-
ation in your possession."
N.-H. (Bows and speaks.) "Your Excellen-
cy : Sir, pursuant to my duty in seeking laud-
able adventure in the alien world, I found
these men (Here he gives their names). They
having read the Imperial Proclamation of our
Emperor, and prompted by unselfish motives,
desire a nobler life. In consequence they have
made the honorable decision to forsake the
world of selfishness and fraternal alienation
and emigrate to the delectable bounds of the
Invisible Empire and become loyal citizens of
E. C. "Faithful Night-Hawk : This is indeed
important information, and most pleasant to
hear. Important, in that it evidences human
progress; most pleasant, in that it reveals
through you a klansman's sincere apprecia-
tion of his sacred mission among men and his
fidelity to duty in the betterment of man-
kind. Their respective petitions will be re-
ceived and justly considered."
N.-H. (Bows and says) : "Sir, I have in my
possession the required petitions for citizen-
ship of the men named, together with their
E. C. "Then you will approach and deliver
same to the Kligrapp who will publish them
to all klansmen in klonklave assembled."
The N.-H. will deliver the petitions and
klectokons to the Kligrapp and resume his
position at the altar. The Kligrapp will then
arise and publish the names of the petitioners
and hand the petitions to the E. C. and re-
sume his seat. The E. C. will say :
E. C. "Klansmen, you have heard the publi-
cation of the petition for citizenship in the
Invisible Empire of (here he give? the names).
Does any klansman, on his oath of allegiance,
know of any just reason why these aliens, or
any of them, should be denied citizenship in
the Invisible Empire?"
If there be no objections, the E. O. will ad-
dress the Night-Hawk :
E. C. "Faithful Night-Hawk, you will in-
form these alien petitioners from me :
"That it is the constant disposition of a
klansman to assist those who aspire to things
noble in thought and conduct, and to extend a
helping hand to the worthy. That their de-
sires are sincerely respected, their manly pe-
titions are being seriously considered in the
light of justice and honor. With true faith a
man may expect a just answer to his prayers
and his virtuous hopes will ultimately ripen
into a sublime fruition."
The Night-Hawk bows and says: "I have
your orders, Sir," and retires to the outer
door of the inner den of the klavern and
through the wicket of the outer door informs
the candidates az follows :
N.-H. "Worthy Aliens : His Excellency, the
Exalted Cyclops, being the direct representa-
tive of His Majesty, our Emperor, and chief
guardian of the portal of the Invisible Empire,
has officially instructed me to inform you that
it is the constant disposition of a klansman to
assist those who aspire to things noble in
thought and conduct and to extend a helping
hand to the worthy. Therefore your desires
are sincerely respected and your manly peti-
tions are being seriously considered in the
light of justice and honor. With true faith
you may expect a just answer to your prayers,
and your virtuous hopes will ultimately ripen
into a sublime fruition. This is the decision
of His Excellency, the Exalted Cyclops, with
all his klan concurring."
The Night-Hawk returns to his station in
the klavern without form.
E. C. "Faithful Klokard : You will examine
under witness the alien petitioners, as to their
The KLokard, with his assistants, the Klaliff
and the Kludd, retires to the outer den and
will propound to the candidates in waiting the
following required "Qualifying Interrogato-
ries," and then immediately administer Sec-
tions I and II of the "Oath of Allegiance ;" re-
quiring each candidate to place his left hand
over his heart and raise his right hand to
The Klokard will first ask each candidate
his name and then speak to the candidates in
the outer den as follows:
"Sirs : The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as
a great and essentially a patriotic, fraternal,
benevolent Order, does not discriminate
against a man on account of his religious or
political creed, when same does not conflict
with or antagonize the sacred rights and privi-
leges guaranteed by our civil government, and
Christian ideals and institutions.
Therefore, to avoid any misunderstanding
and as evidence that we do not seek to impose
unjustly the requirements of this Order upon
anyone who cannot, on account of his reli-
gious or political scruples, voluntarily meet
our requirements and faithfully practice our
principles, and as proof that we respect all
honest men in their sacred convictions,
whether same are agreeable with our require-
ments or not, we require as an absolute neces-
sity on the part of each of you an affirmative
answer to each of the following questions :
Each of the following questions must be
answered by (each of) you with an emphatic
1st. Is the motive prompting your ambition
to be a klansman serious and unselfish?
2nd. Are you a native-born white, Gentile
3rd. Are you absolutely opposed to and free
of any allegiance of any nature to any cause,
government, people, sect or ruler that is for-
eign to the United States of America?
4th. Do you believe in the tenets of the
5th. Do you esteem the United States of
America and its institutions above any other
government, civil, political or ecclesiastical, in
the whole world?
6th. Will you, without mental reservation,
take a solemn oath to defend, preserve and
7th. Do you believe in clanishness and will
you faithfully practice same towards klans-
8th. Do you believe in and will you faith-
fully strive for the eternal maintenance of
9th. Will you faithfully obey our constitu-
tion and laws, and conform willingly to all our
usages, requirements and regulations?
10th. Can you be always depended on?
He then administers Sections I and II of
This done, he, with his assistants, will re-
turn to the sacred altar, he will salute and
report as follows: "Your Excellency: (Here
state the number of petitioners) men
in waiting have each duly qualified to enter
our klavern to journey through the mystic
cave in quest of citizenship in the Invisible
E. O. "Faithfull Klokard, you and your
assistants will resume your stations."
E.G. "TheKladdof theklan!" The Kladd
will arise and advance to a position immedi-
ately in front of the E. C, and about five feet
from his station, and salute and say :
Kladd. "The Kladd, Your Excellency!"
E. C. "You will retire under special orders
to the outer premises of the klavern, assume
charge of the worthy aliens in waiting, and
afford them a safe journey from the world of
selfishness and fraternal alienation to the sa-
cred altar of the empire of chivalry, industry,
honor and love."
Kladd. Salutes the E. C. and says : "I have
your orders, Sir!" He retires to the room
where the candidates are. Lines them lip in
single file, the left hand of the rear man on the
left shoulder of the man in front. He then
takes Ms place in front of them and says:
"Follow me and be (a man) men!" He pro-
ceeds to the outer door of the inner den and
gives thereon * O.
Klexter. (Opens the wicket and says) :
"Who and what is your business?"
Kladd. "I am the Kladd of Klan No
Realm of , acting under special orders of
His Excellency, our Exalted Cyclops; I am
in charge of a party!"
Klexter. ' 'What be the nature of your party?"
Kladd. "Wortny aliens from the world of
selfishness and fraternal alienation prompted
by unselfish motive, desire the honor of citi-
zenship in the Invisible Empire and the fel-
lowship of klansmen."
Klexter. "Has your party been selected
Kladd. "These men (or this man) are (or is)
known and vouched for by klansmen in klon-
Klexter. "Have they (or has he) the marks?"
Kladd. "The distinguishing marks of a
klansman are not found in the fibre of his gar-
ments or his social or financial standing, but
are spiritual ; namely, a chivalric head, a com-
passionate heart, a prudent tongue and a
courageous will. All devoted to our country,
our klan, our homes and each other; these
are the distinguishing marks of a klansman,
oh, Faithful Klexter 1 And these men claim
Klexter. "What if one of your party should
prove himself a traitor?"
Kladd. "He would be immediately banished
in disgrace from the Invisible Empire without
fear or favor, conscience would tenaciously
torment him, remorse would repeatedly revile
him, and direful things would befall him."
Klexter. "Do they (or does he) know all
Kladd. "All this he (or they) now know. He
(or they) has (or have) heard, and they must
Klexter. "Faithful Kladd: You speak the
Kladd. "Faithful Klexter: A Klansman
speaketh the truth in and from his heart. A
lying scoundrel may wrap his disgraceful
frame within the sacred folds of a klansman's
robe and deceive the very elect, but only a
klansman possesses a klansman's heart and a
Klexter. "Advance with the countersign."
The Kladd advances and whispers the coun-
tersign through the wicket to the Klexter.
Klexter. (Opens the door and says) : "With
heart and soul, I, the Klexter of the Klan, wel-
come you and open the way for you to attain
the most noble achievement in your earthly
career. Be faithful and true unto death and
all will be well and your reward will be sure.
Noble Kladd, pass with your party!"
The Kladd, with Ms party will pass the
outer door and stop. He then will give Allw.
The Klarogo, upon hearing the Llw, will an-
Klarogo. "Your Excellency and klansmen
assembled. I hear from the watch the signal
of the Kladd of the klan with a party!"
* * * * *'-"'.'* * *
E. C. "My Terrors and Klansmen, one and
all; make ready!"
Each klansman present will put on his hel-
met, both aprons dropped down, robes com-
pletely buttoned and girdles tied and capes
adjusted ; all lights must be turned down so as
to make the klavern almost dark. All must re-
main as still and as quiet as possible; there
must be no moving, talking or noise only as
the ceremony requires. Striking matches and
smoking during the ceremony is absolutely
prohibited. If an officer has to read he must
use an electric flash-light, and throw the light
only on the page he is reading. When all are
ready the Klarogo will answer the signal of the
Kladd with AUw and begin to Otds.
Kladd. (On Stdos the Kladd will say to his
party): "Sirs: The portal of the Invisible
Empire is being opened for you. Your right-
eous prayer has been answered and you have
found favor in the sight of the Exalted Cyclops
and his klansmen assembled. Follow me and
As the Kladd approaches with his party the
threshold of the inner door, the Klarogo will
stop them by facing them with Tsotf-c, He
will then recover Tsotf-c, face inward and
stand erect and steady. (The Klokard, or per-
son selected, just previous to this has station-
ed himself near the door where he can be
heard by the candidates but not seen by them.)
"God give us men! The Invisible Empire de-
Minds, great hearts, true faith and ready
Men whom the lust of office does not kill ;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will ;
Men who have HONOR; men who will NOT
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and in private thinking ;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn
Their LARG E professions and their LITTLE
Mingle in selfish strife, Lo! freedom weeps
Wrong rules the land, and waiting justice
God give us men!
Men wno serve not for selfish booty.
But real men, courageous, who flinch not at
Men of dependable character ; men of sterling
Then wrongs will be redressed, and right will
rule the earth;
God give us men!"
After a pause, the Klarogo faces the candi-
dates and says :
Klarogo. "Sirs: Will you (or each of you)
by your daily life as klansmen earnestly en
deavor to be an answer to this prayer?
He then faces the E. C. and says:
Klarogo. "Your Excellency and fellow
klansmen: JUST SUCH MEN are (or just
such a man is) standing without the portal of
the Invisible Empire, desiring the lofty honor
of citizenship therein, and ready and willing
to unflinchingly face every duty on him (or
them) imposed. "
E. C. "Faithful Klarogo and klansmen : Let
them enter the klavern in quest of citizenship,
but keep you a klansman's eye of scrutiny up-
on them, and if they, or one of them, should
flinch at duty or show himself a cowardly
weakling or a treacherous scalawag, at this
time or in the future, it will be your sworn
duty to eject him or them from the portal of
the Invisible Empire without fear or favor and
do so witkout delay; be thou not recreant to
While the above prayer is being said the
Night-Hawk takes the Fiery Cross from the
altar, lights it and takes a position immedi-
ately in front of and about four feet from the
Klaliff's station, facing the Klarogo, holding
the Fiery Cross above his head.
Klarogo. (Steps aside and says to the
When the Kladd crosses the threshold of the
klavern he will stop and give Tsog. All klans-
men, except the station officers, will arise, face
the Kladd and give Tsog, then face the altar
and remain standing with Tsoc-1. The Kladd
will then proceed with his party toward the
N.-H. As the Kladd approaches the N.-H.
with his party and gets in about six feet of him
the Night-Hawk will about face and march in
front of the Kladd about six feet from him on
the journey, until he is halted by the signal
Allw from the E. C. When he hears the signal
he will stop his party, answer the signal with
Allw, then face his party toward the sacred
altar. When this is done the Night-Hawk with
the Fiery Cross takes a position in front of
and about six feet from the party, facing the
party with the Cross uplifted. He remains in
this position until he hears the second signal
of Allw from the E. C, when he will resume
his position at the head of the party in front
of the Kladd and move on. When the Kladd
hears the second signal he will face his party
as they were, answer the signal with Allw, and
follow the N.-H.
When the first signal of Allw of the E. C. is
given, all klansmen, except the station of-
cers, Klarogo and Klexter, will form from their
seats, march around the hall in single file, the
Klokard leading to his right, pass in front
along the line of the party, between the party
and the N.-H., each klansman will look the
party squarely in the eyes, but continue mov-
ing; after passing the party the Klokard will
form the klansmen in a double line with open
tanks about six feet apart and lacing each
other, holding Tsoc-1, and standing steady, on
the opposite side of the klavern; the E. C.
then gives the second signal of AUw. The
Night-Hawk will lead the Kladd and his
party on their journey by way of the E. C.
station and through the iormation of klans-
men. All this must be done quietly, with dig-
nity and with a steady pace.
After the Kladd and his party shall have
passed the formation of klansmen, all klans-
men will, without signal, return to their seats,
but remain standing until the Kladd presents
his party to the E. 0., when they quietly sit
As the Kladd approaches the station of the
Klaliff after he has passed the formation of
klansmen, the Klaliff will arise and Gtsog and
halt him with Allw. On hearing the Llw, the
Kladd stops and answers with same. The N.-H.
Klaliff. "Who are you that walk in the
klavern at this hour?"
Kladd. "The Kladd of the klan with a party,
whom the eye of the unknown has seen an?
doth constantly observe."
Klaliff. "What be the nature of your party?"
Kladd. "Faithful Klaliff: THESE ARE
MEN, (or this is a man) as the Invisible Em-
pire and a time like this demands: men (a
man) of strong minds, great hearts u true faith
and ready hands. Worthy aliens known and
vouched for by klansmen in klonklave assem-
bled, and by order of His Excellency, I, the
Kladd of the klan, am their (or his) guide to
the sacred altar."
Klaliff. "Pass on "
(The journey from the entrance of the kla-
vern to the E. C. station must be made in a
circle around the klavern.)
The N.-H. wili move on, followed by the
Kladd with his party, and will then continue
his journey until he arrives at the station of
the E. C, when he shall stop and line his
company up in a straight line immediately in
front of the station. The Night-Hawk stops
but does not change position. The Kladd steps
to the rear of his party and will address the
E. C. as follows :
.* * * * * * *
Kladd. "Your Excellency Sir, pursuant to
your orders, I present to you these (or this)
alien aspirants, men (or a man) of dependable
character and courage, who aspire to the
noble life and the high honor of citizenship in
the Invisible Empire."
The Exalted Cyclops will arise and address
the candidates as follows :
"Sirs: Is the motive prompting youre pres-
ence here serious and unselfish?
"It is indeed refreshing to meet face to^f ace
with men (or a man) like you, who, actuated
by manly motives, aspire to all things noble
for yourselves and humanity.
"The lustre of the holy light of chivalry has
lost its former glory and is sadly dimmed by
the choking dust of selfish, sordid gain. Pass
The E. C. will resume his seat, and the
Kladd will face his party toward the Night-
Hawk and advance behind the Night-Hawk
until he hears the signal of AUw from the Klo-
kard. On hearing the signal from the Klokard
the Night-Hawk stops and stands steady; the
Kladd will also stop his party immediately in
front of the Klokard's station and face them
to the Klokard's station and answer the signal
by the same. On receiving the answer, the
Klokard will arise and address the party as
"Real fraternity, by shameful neglect, has
been starved until so weak her voice is lost in
the courts of her own castle, and she passes
unnoticed by her sworn subjects as she moves
along the crowded streets and through the din
of the market place. Man's valuation of man
is by the standard of wealth and not worth ;
selfishness is the festive queen among human
kind, and multitudes forget honor, justice,
love and God and every religious conviction
to do homage to her, and yet with the cruel
heart of Jezebel she slaughters the souls of
thousands of her devotees daily. Pass on!"
The Klokard will resume his seat, and the
Kladd will face his party as before and advance
behind the Night-Hawk until he hears the
signal of Allw from the Klaliff . On hearing the
signal of the Klaliff the Night-Hawk stops and
stands steady; the Kladd will also stop his
party immediately in front of the Klaliff 's sta-
tion, facing them to the Klaliff, and answer
the signal by the same. On receiving the
answer, the Klaliff will arise and address the
party as follows:
"The unsatiated thirst for gain is dethron-
ing reason and judgment in the citadel of the
human soul, and men maddened thereby, for-
get their patriotic, domestic and social obliga-
tions and duties, and fiendishly fight for a
place in the favor of the goddess of glittering
gold; they starve their own souls, and make
sport of spiritual development. Pass on "
The Klaliff will resume his seat, and the
Kladd will face his party as before and ad-
vance behind the Night-Hawk until he hears
the signal of Allw from the Kludd. On hearing
the signal of the Kludd, the Night-Hawk stops
and stands steady ; the Kladd will also stop his
party mmediately in front of the Kludd 's sta-
tion, facing them to the Kludd, and then an-
swers the signal by the same. On receiving
the answer, the Kludd will arise and address
the party as follows :
"Men speak of love and live in hatet,
Men talk of faith and trust to fate!,
Oh, might men do the things they teach
Oh, might men live the life they preach
Then the throne of avarice would fall and
Of grim Selfishness o'er the earth would
Love would tread out the baleful fire of
And in its ashes plant the lily of peace.
"Pass on "
The Kludd will resume his seat, and the
Kladd will face his party as before and advance
behind the Night-Hawk until he hears the sig-
nal of Allw from the E. C. On hearing the
signal of the E. O. the Night-Hawk stops and
goes to and takes position at the sacred altar ;
the Kladd will also stop his party immediately
in front of the E. O.'s station, facing them to
the E. C, and then answer the signal with the
same. On receiving the answer, the E. O. will
arise and address the party as follows:
"Sirs : We congratulate you on your manly
decision to forsake the world of selfishness
and fraternal alienation and emigrate to the
delectable bounds of the Invisible Empire and
become loyal citizens of the same. The prime
purpose of this great Order is to develop char-
acter, practice clanishness, to protect the
home and the chastity of womanhood, and to
exemplify a pure patriotism towards our glor-
You, as citizens of the Invisible Empire, must
be actively patriotic toward our country and
constantly clanish toward klansmen socially,
physically, morally and vocationally ; will you
assume this obligation of citizenship?
You must unflinchingly conform to our re-
quirements, regulations and usages in every
detail, and prove yourselves worthy to have
and to hold the honors we bestow; do you
freely and faithfully assume to do this?
Sirs : If you have any doubt as to your abil-
ity to qualify, either in body or character, as
citizens of the Invisible Empire, you now have
an opportunity to retire from this place with
the good will of the klan to attend you ; for I
warn you now, if you falter or fail at this time
or in the future as a klansman, in klonklave or
in life, you will be banished from citizenship
in the Invisible Empire without fear or favor.
This is a serious undertaking; we are not
here to make sport of you, nor indulge in the
silly frivolity of circus clowns. Be you well
assured that "he that putteth his hand to the
plow and looketh back is not fit for the king-
dom of heaven," or worthy of the high honor
of citizenship in the Invisible Empire, or the
fervent fellowship of klansmen. Don' t deceive
yourselves ; you cannot deceive us, and we will
not be mocked. Do you wish to retire?
E. C. "Faithful Kladd, you will direct the
way for these worthy aliens to the sacred altar
of the empire of chivalry, honor, industry and
love, in order that they may make further
progress toward attaining citizenship in the
Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux
The Kladd will conduct his party to the
sacred altar by way of the Klokard's station.
When he has arrived within about six feet of
the Klokard's station he will turn square to
his left and continue in a straight direction
until he reaches a point about six feet of the
sacred altar toward the station of tht E. O. ;
he will then turn square to his right and con-
tinue until he has passed the sacred altar
about four feet ; he will then turn square to
his left and continue until he passes the
sacred alter about six feet when he will turn
square to his left and bring his party into the
formation of a three-quarter hollow square,
and will face them towards the sacred altar.
If he has five candidates or a fewer number
he will form them in a straight line facing the
sacred altar on the side of th r altar toward the
Klaliff 's station and about four feet from the
altar, and then perfect the three-quarter
hollow square formation with klansmen.
The N.-H. takes his place with the Fiery
Cross held aloft just from the corner of the
sacred altar to the right of the E. O. He stands
within the quadrate. The Fiery Cross is held
aloft during the administration of the oath
and dedicatory ceremony.
The first paragraph above gives a general
idea regarding the journey of the candidates
to the sacred altar as to turning angles and as
to distances, etc. In making this j ourney the
number of candidates and the good judgment
of the Kladd will determine the size of the
hollow square formation and the best results
in getting to and forming it.
The Kladd should study well his part in the
floor work, for his is a very important and im-
pressive part. He should exercise good mili-
tary mannerisms in his work.
When the Kladd has perfected the three-
quarter hollow square formation, he will ad-
vance to a point about midway between the
altar and the station of the E. C, salute and
in a strong, clear voice say :
Kladd. "Your Excellency: The aliens in ou
midst from the world of selfishness and fra-
ternal alienation, forsake the past and are
now ready and willing to bind themselves by
an unyielding tie to the Invisible Empire,
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."
Then the Kladd will about face and advance
to his position opposite of the center and to
the rear of the line of candidates toward the
station of the Klaliff and await orders.
The Klokard, with his assistants, the Kla-
liff and the Kludd, will, with steady pace, form
across the open side of the hollow square
so as to complete the square, and will admin-
ister Sections III and IV of the Oath of Alle-
giance. The Klaliff administers Section III,
and the Kludd administers Section IV. The
Klokard stands between his assistants, the
Klaliff to his right, the Kludd to his left. After
the Oath shall have been administered, the
Klokard will about face and advance to a
point about midway between the altar and the
E. C, facing the E. C; he will salute and ad-
dress the E. C. thus :
Klokard. "Your Excellency: The worthy
aspirants at the sacred altar of the klan have
each voluntarily assumed, without mental res-
ervation the solemn and thrice binding Oath
of Allegiance to the Invisible Empire, Knights
of the Ku Klux Klan, and are awaiting to be
dedicated to the holy service of our country,
the klan, each other , our homes andhumanity . ' '
E. C. "Faithful Klokard : You and your as-
sistants have performed your duty well ; now
you may rest; but stand by in readiness to
perform other duties, if such arise."
The Klokard resumes his place in the quad-
rate formation between his assistants. The
E. C. will then proceed to the sacred altar to
perform the following ceremony of dedication :
The E. O. addresses the candidates as fol-
E. C. "Sirs: Have (each of) you assumed
without mental reservation your Oath of Alle-
giance to the Invisible Empire?
Mortal man cannot assume a more binding
oath ; character and courage alone will enable
you to keep it. Always remember that to keep
this oath means to you honor, happiness and
life ; but to violate it means disgrace, dishonor
and death. May honor, happiness and life be
• * ■ * * * * * *
(Then he holds up the vessel from the sacred
altar, containing the dedication fluid, and ad-
dresses the candidates as follows) :
"With this transparent, life-giving, power-
ful God-given fluid, more precious and far
more significant than all the sacred oils of the
ancients, I set you (or each of you) apart from
the men of your daily association to the great
and honorable task you have voluntarily allot-
ted yourselves as citizens of the Invisible Em-
pire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
"As a klansman may your character be as
transparent, your life purpose as powerful,
your motive in all things as magnanimous and
as pure, and your clanishness as real and as
faithful as the manifold drops herein, and you
a vital being as useful to humanity as is pure
water to mankind.
"You will kneel upon your right knee."
Just here the following stanza must be sung
in a low, soft, but distinct tone, preferably by
a quartette :
(Tune— "Just As I Am Without One Plea.")
To Thee, oh, God I call to Thee—
True to my oath, oh, help me be!
I've pledged my love, my blood, my all;
Oh, give me grace that I not fall.
* * * * 1 # * * •
E. C. "Sirs : 'Neath the uplifted fiery cross
which by its holy light looks down upon you
to bless with its sacred traditions of the past, —
I dedicate you in body, in mind, in spir t
and in life, to the holy service of our country,
our klan, our homes, each other and human-
He advances to the candidates and pours a
few drops of the dedication fluid on each can-
didate's back and says: "In Bcdy," pours a
few drops on his head and says: "In Mind,"
places a few drops on his own hand and tosses
it upward and says: "In Spirit," then moves
his hand in a horizontal circular motion
around the candidate's head and says: "And
in Life." After this he says :
"Thus dedicated by us, now consecrate your-
selves to the sacred cause you have entered."
(To all he will say) : "My Terrors and Klans-
men: Let us pray."
All except those officiating at the sacred
altar must kneel, the E. O. will step back to
the rear and left of the Kludd; the N.-H. re-
mains in his position; the Kludd will advance
and stand close to the sacred altar on the sid e
toward the station of the E. 0., and will use
God of all, author of all good: Thou who
didst create man and so proposed that man
should fill a distinct place and perform a spe-
cific work in the economy of Thy good gov-
ernment, Thou has revealed Thyself and Thy
purpose to man, and by this revelation we
have learned our place and our work. There-
fore, we have solemnly dedicated ourselves as
klansmen to that sublime work harmonic with
Thy will and purpose in our creation.
£Tow, oh, God! We, through Thy goodness,
have here dedicated with Thine own divinely
distilled fluid these manly men at the altar
kneeling, who have been moved by worthy
motives and impelled by noble impulses to
turn from selfishness and fraternal aliena-
tion and to espouse with body, mind, spirit
and life, the holy service of our country, our
klan, our home and each other, — we beseech
Thee to dedicate them with the fullness of
Thy spirit, keep him (or each of them) true to
his (or their) sacred, solemn oath to our noble
cause, to the glory of Thy great name. Amen!
(All say, "Amen!")
Immediately after the prayer all will arise.
The E. C. will step to the altar and instruct the
candidates to arise. The Kludd will step back
to his place.
(The E. C. will address the candidates as
"Sir (or Sirs) : You are no longer strangers
or aliens among us, but are citizens with us ;
and with confidence in your character that
you have not sworn falsely or deceitfully in the
assumption of your oath, I, on behalf of our
Emperor and all klansmen, welcome you to
citizenship in the empire of chivalry, honor,
industry and love."
After saying this the E. C. will raise the
front apron of his helmet (and all klansmen
will do the smae) and as a token of welcome
he will greet each of the candidates with
Tcok, and then returns to his position at the
altar and says :
"By authority vested in me by our Emperor,
I now declare and proclaim (each of) you a
citizen of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan, and invest you with the title
of — 'Klansman,' the most honorable title
This done the E. C. returns to his station
and the candidate is greeted under the Fiery
Cross by all klansmen with Tcok, the Klaliff
leading the line.
This done, the Night-Hawk will extinguish
the Fiery Cross and replace it at the altar and
take his seat. The Klarogo will have turned
on the lights of the klavern; this done, the
E. C. will say :
E. C. "The Kladd of the klan."
The Kladd will advance from his position at
the rear of the candidates to a point about
five feet in front of the E. C. and salute and
Kladd. "The Kladd, Your Excellency."
E. 0. "You will escort the klansmen at the
sacred altar to the station of the Klokard that
they may receive instructions in the Way of
Kladd. (The Kladd will salute and say) : "I
have your orders, Sir!"
The Kladd conducts the candidates and
forms them in a straight line in front of the
Klokard where seats have been provided, and
will instruct them to be seated. He will take a
position at the center and to the rear of the
candidates and remain standing while the in-
structions are being given.
THE WAY OF THE KLAVERN.
You will approach the outer door of tl e in-
ner den and give thereon one rap and strike
the O., the Klexter will answer with the same.
He then will open the wicket and you will
Gaslw. He will say, "Who are you?" You will
give him your name as Klansman giving
the name, number and realm of your klan. He
will say : "Advance and give the countersign."
You will advance and whisper the countersign
through the wicket. If you haven't the coun-
tersign you will so inform the Klexter and pro-
duce your receipt, or otherwise satisfy him
that you are no imposter. If you are qualified
to enter he will open the door and say to you—
You will pass into the inner den and say :
"Klexter, what of the night?" If there be can-
didates to be initiated or already present he
will say, "Strangers are near; be prudent 1"
On hearing this you will completely enrobe
before entering the klavern. But if there be
no candidates, and no initiatory work to be
done, he will say, "All are known." Hearing
this you will not robe but enter as you are.
• # * * * * * ■*.;
You will then approach the inner door and
give thereon * * * * you will then strike the
F. O. ; at tins the Klarogo will open the wicket
and say: "Who is it and what is your busi-
ness?" You will answer: "I am Klansman
_;Iseek entrance to
the klavern to meet with my f ellows. " If neces-
sary he will demand your receipt or ascertain
of the Kligrapp if you are entitled to enter ;
if so, he will then open the wicket and say,
"Password." If same is correct, he will open
the door and say, "Pass, Klansman."
You will pass clear of the door, stop, stand
erect and Gtsog and hold same until someone
answers it ; then pass on to the sacred altar,
face the station of the E. C, then face the
mounted flag and Gtnh ; then face the E. O. and
Gtsof-c ; then raise Tsos if you are not enrob-
ed; if you are robed you will remove your
helmet instead of raising Tsos ; then Gtsok-c,
which will be answered by the Exalted Cy-
clops with Tsor; you then will take your seat.
If you are robed and the others have their
helmets on disguised, you will not remove your
helmet, but will take your seat without dis-
closing your identity. If the Exalted Cyclops is
engaged you will give Tsok-c to the Klaliff.
To retire from the klavern while same is in
session, you will advance to the sacred altar,
face the Exalted Cyclops and lower Tsos, or
put on your helmet; then Gtsok-c; if he an-
swers you with Tsog, you may retire. If the
Exalted Cyclops does not answer you, you
must raise Tsos and return to your seat. On
going out of the klavern you must remove and
conceal your robe and helmet in the inner den
of the klavern.
During the deliberations of the klonklave, if
you wish to talk to the assembly, make a mo-
tion, or even second a motion, you must arise
to your feet, then address the Exalted Cy-
clops by saying: "Your Excellency," and
touching your forehead with the ends of the
fingers of your right hand. If he recognizes
you, turn the palm of your right hand toward
him and drop your hand, then you may speak.
He will recognize you by looking at you and
saying "Klansman." If he does not recognize
you readily, then drop your hand and resume
your seat, and later try again. No man will be
in order unless he gets the recognition of the
Exalted Cyclops by addressing him thusly.
The gavel is the emblem of authority of the
Exalted Cyclops, and its signals must be rigid-
ly respected. Any disrespect shown the Ex-
alted Cyclops during a klonklave is an insult
to the entire klan which he serves and an
affront to our Emperor whom he represents in
his official capacity. The entire klan is under
direct obligations to command due respect
from any and all without fear or favor.
One rap of the gavel calls for— Silence, and
attention, whether you stand or sit*
Two raps of the gavel call for silence and
Three raps of the gavel call— All to their
Remember all... are given with the LH
& A only, when B are not required.
V— S— A.
V — S — N.
S — O — G (Same is used for S— O— R).
S— O— K— C.
S — O — KLS.
S — O — F — O.
S— O— P.
A— T— S— O— P.
S— O— S.
A— T— S— O— S.
T— K— O— K.
After the instructions have been given the
Klokard will say :
"The Kladd will now conduct you to the
Exalted Cyclops where you will receive from
him the CS and PW, the sacred symbol, and
Imperial Instructions to which give earnest
The Kladd conducts the party to the station
of the E. C. and says:
"Your Excellency : These klansmen (or this
klansman) , having been instructed in the Way
of the Klavern, now awaits to receive from
you the CS and PW, the sacred symbol of the
klan and Imperial Instructions."
E. C. (Will arise and say): "My Fellow
Klansman (or klansmen): The insignia or
mark of a klansman is Honor. All secrets and
secret information of the Invisible Empire is
committed to you on your honor. A klansman
values honor more than life itself. Be true to
Honor, then to all the world you will be true.
Always remember that an honorable secret
committed is a thing sacred.
"I am about to commit to you three vital
secrets of the Invisible Empire— the CS and
PW and the sacred symbol— the MIOAK. Do
you swear to forever hold them in sacred, se-
cret reverence, even unto death?
"The CS and PW enables you to meet with
and enjoy the fellowship of klansmen in klon-
"For the present, and until changed, the
CS is and the PW is
"The MIOAK, the sacred symbol of the
klan, is that (he explains what it is) by which
klansmen recognize each other without word,
sound or sign.
"I now present you with the material in-
signia of a klansman, the sacred symbol of
the klan, by name the MIOAK. Be faithful
in its wearing. It must be worn on your per-
son where it may be readily seen. Tell no per-
son in the whole world what it is, its meaning
and significance, even by hint or insinuation,
as it is a positive secret of the klan. Don't
fail to recognize it by whomsoever it is worthi-
ly worn; always appreciate its sacred signifi-
cance and be true to same. As a test of your
honor I invest you with this symbol and com-
mit to you its sacred secret."
He pins on the breast of the new klansman
the insignia and explains its symbolic mean-
"You will now receive Imperial Instructions.
Carefully preserve and seriously study this
document and give earnest heed to same, for
on the practice of its teachings in your daily
life depends your future advancement."
"You (or each of you) now are instructed
klansmen, possessing all the rights, privileges
and protection as such, will take your place
with klansmen in the sacred fellowship of the
The E. C. will then give two raps with his
gavel, take his seat and proceed with the other
LECTURE NO. 1.
The noble achievements of the Ku Klux Klan
shine with undiminished effulgence through
the gathering mist of accumulating years, an
eloquent tribute to the chivalry and patriot-
ism of the past, and the holy heroism of our
fathers in preserving to us the sacred heri-
tage of a superior race— political supremacy,
racial integrity, social peace and security,
and to humanity the boon of cultured civiliza-
tion. It abides the malicious slanders of the
age, and is an inexhaustible source of inspi-
ration to those of this generation who aspire
to all things noble and good for themselves,
our country and our race.
When the shuddering peals of the thunder
of the impending storm of the American Re-
construction were heard above the fading
echoes of the battles of the great Civil War,
the chosen victims stood aghast and pale,
wondering at the meaning and purpose of the
Darkness gathered apace, and the demons
were loosed from hell's most dismal depths;
the blighting hand of devastation complete
was laid heavy upon the Southern people, — a
people pauperized, bleeding , prostrated and
defenseless. These noble people turned to
the power of the National Government for
protection but were spurned away with con-
tempt and scorn. They had been promised
protection in the possession of property, in
the pursuit of peaceful employment and in
every political and civil right formerly possess-
ed by them as citizens of the national common-
wealth, but the National Government, by the
shameful deviltry of its unscrupulous manipu-
lators, repudiated that solemn promise and
inaugurated the most disgraceful epoch in the
annals of the nations against that unarmed,
defeated, defenseless and submissive people.
This great people, defenseless and friendless
with a pestilence upon them more terrorizing
than the seven plagues of Egypt, called to the
nations of the earth, but none heard their
cry. That call was a horrible medley full of
intense anguish,— melancholy groans and
manly men struck dumb, mingling with the
sickening, penetrating sobs of distressed wo-
men and the plaintive cry of hungry, cladless
child; on this melancholy orchestra Grief
touched the chords of universal sadness and
played the direful dirge of death over the
slaughtered corps of civilization.
Constitutional law was stripped by profane
hands of its virtuous vestments of civilized
sovereignty of four thousand years in the
making, and was mocked by polluted political
pirates in legislative assemblies; and by the
diabolical enactments of these assemblies the
hands on the dial of the clock of civilization
in the tower of human progress were turned
back thousands of years.
In the name of law and National Authority
the property of the husband and father was
ruthlessly snatched from him without provo-
cation by the venal hand of unholy confisca-
tion ; paupers by the multitude were made in a
day. Carpetbaggers, the vultures of glutton-
ous greed, swooped down from their aerie on
the lofty peaks of the mountains of national
authority o'er the dismal plain of human help-
lessness, fastened their tortuous talons in the
fleece of defenseless innocence and consumed
with avaricious avidity the vital flesh of the
people's sustenance ; and the scallawags — the
consciencelsss, cadaverous wolves of treason —
gnawed the bones remaining to a baleful state
of ghastly bleaching.
The chastity of the mother, wife, sister and
daughter was imperiled and their sacred per-
sons were placed in jeopardy to the licentious
longings of lust-crazed beasts in human form.
Might ruled over Right. Life and living was
made intolerable; the rasping, discordant
notes of penury had displaced the heavenly
harmony of domestic happiness and no man's
home was secure.
Ignorance, Lust and Hate seized the reins of
State, and riot, rapine and universal ruin
reigned supreme ; the highest form of cultured
society was thrust down and its noble neck
was forced under the iron heel of pernicious
passion who yielded a potent scepter of in-
quisitorial oppression, and the very blood of
the Caucasian race was seriously threatened
with an everlasting contamination.
That anguish-laden cry of that defenseless
people of the Southland , was heard and an-
swered by the gallant knights of the Invisible
Empire, and not one faltered or failed as Duty
pointed the way in the ca 'ise of humanity and
civilization; with a grim smile of sacred duty
resting upon their manly countenances, im-
pelled by an instinct of the race, they leaped
into the saddle, borne upon the back of their
faithful steeds, baptized with a suffusion of
tears, they came ; they came, they saw, they
conquered! From over the mysterious border-
land from the Empire of the Soul the Ku Klux
came. They were knight errantry in the high-
est, noblest and gravest form personified. They
responded to that call a hundred thousand
strong, and rode forth with no blast of the
trumpet or cheering shouts of the populace ;
without the inspiration of oral eloquence or
stirring strains of martial music, they rode
forth to brave dangers and hardships unknown
and to face death in a thousand forms.
They dissipated the cruel storm of the Amer-
ican reconstruction and won the plaudits of
an intelligent, unprejudiced world. They
stemmed the murky tide of despotic usurpa-
tion and tyrannical greed, and rescued the
entire country from utter disgrace and ruin.
They re-established racial rights and the sov-
ereignty of constitutional law, redressed the
wrong, made secure political supremacy, start-
ed anew the wheels of industry and made pos-
sible the birth of the greatest nation of all
time— the Re-United States of America.
With a "fiery cross", symbol of the purest
and most loyal patriotism, as their beacon,
the Ku Klux rode through the darkness of
Reconstruction's night; they dispelled the
dense darkness of that frightful night, and at
the rising of the sun of a glorious day, they
saw the shades of that awful night receding.
Right had been by them established over
Might. The voice of music was again heard in
the land ; their purpose and mission was end-
ed ; they laid aside their spotless robes, and
the greatest order of chivalry in all history
disbanded — for the Ku Klux rode no more.
The noble ride of the Ku Klux Klan is im-
mortalized by their accomplishments, and is
memorialized by the men of today who appre-
ciate the chilvaric, holy and patriotic achieve-
ments of the original Klan in the permanence
of this our great fraternity.
The Spirit of the Ku Klux Klan still lives,
and should live a priceless heritage to be sa-
credly treasured by all those who love their
country, regardless of section, and are proud
of its sacred traditions. That this spirit may
live always to warm the hearts of manly men,
unify them by the spirit of holy clanishness,
to assuage the billowing tide of fraternal
alienation that surges in human breasts, and
inspire them to achieve the highest and no-
blest in the defense of our country, our homes,
each other and humanity, is the paramount
ideal of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
When the baleful blast of Reconstruction's
storm was o'er,
The valiant, chivalric Ku Klux rode no more.
But ride on and on, thou spirit of that mystic
In your noble mission for humanity's good;
Until the clanish tie of klancraf t binds man to
For our country, our homes and womanhood.
"Non Silba Sed Anthar."
All say in unison— "Not for self but for
KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
TITLES AND EXPLANATIONS
THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE— Geographically the
universal jurisdiction of the order.
A REALM— A sub-division of the Invisible
Empire — a state or territory of the United
A PROVINCE— A sub-division of a Realm—
a county or a number of counties of a State
A KLANTON— The jurisdiction of a klan,
from Canton — a corner or a small district.
THE IMPERIAL KLONVOKATION— Is the
Convention of the Invisible Empire and is
the supreme legislative body of the Order,
— from convocation — an assembly called by
A KLORERO— Is the convention of a Realm
from Korero— a convention.
A KLONVERSE— Is the assembly of a Prov-
ince, from converse— as in a conversation
A KLONKLAVE— Is the gathering in secret
session of a klan, from conclave — a secret
meeting or locked room.
THE GOVERNMENT of the Invisible Empire
is vested with the Imperial Wizard, the Em-
peror, assisted by his fifteen Genii— the Im-
perial Officers constituting his official fami-
ly ; the government of a Realm is vested with
a Grand Dragon, assisted by his nine Hy-
dras—the Grand Officers; the government
of a Province is vested with a Great Titan,
assisted by his twelve Furies — the Great
Officers, and a Klan is governed by an Exalt-
ed Cyclops, assisted by his twelve Terrors
—the elective officers of a klan.
THE KLORAN (The Book of the Klan)—
Ritual and Lectures.
KLAVERN— The meeting place of a klan;
from cavera— a large cave.
KLAN — The unit of the Order; from clan — a
number of men of kindred purpose who are
bound together by ah oath and who are
very determined to enhance and protect
each other's interest and welfare.
KLANSMAN— A member of the klan ; the title
of the first Order, or K-Uno.
KLAN KOURIER— The title of the Official
KLAVALIER — The soldier of the klan (Mili-
tary Department), from cavalier — a courtly,
polite, cultured and very courageous and
skilful soldier of the 17th and 18th century.
KLAVALKADE — A parade or other public
exhibition; from cavalcade— a procession.
ANNO KLAN— In the year of the Klan ; writ-
ten thus : AK.
ANNO DOMINI— In the year of our Lord;
written thus: AD.
IMPERIAL WIZARD— The Emperor of the In-
visible Empire ; a wise man ; a wonder-work-
er, having power to charm and control,
from Vita— to know. The title is taken
from the chief officer of the original Ku
Klux Klan, who was designated as the Grand
KLALIFF — A successor in office.
KLOKARD— Lecturer or Teacher of the Klan,
from Klo of Kloran, the book, and Kard,
meaning a teacher or reader.
KLUDD— Chaplain, from Culdee— the high
priest of the ancient Druids.
KLIGRAPP— The Secretary, from Kirogra-
pher — one whose business is to write.
KLABEE — The Treasurer, from Kaba— to
keep, and Kees, an ancient Egyptian coin
and means a purse.
KLADD— The Conductor, from Kada — to lead
KLAROGO — The Inner Guard, from caveo —
to stop or beware, and interrogate, to ques-
KLEXTER— The Outer Guard, from Ken— to
look all around with the eyes, and External
KLOKAN— An Investigator, from Ko' — to
know, and Kannas — with the eyes.
KLOKANN— The plural of Klokan— The Board
of Investigators and Advisers.
IMPERIAL KLONOILIUM— The Supreme Ex-
ecutive Committee ; composed of all the Im-
IMPERIAL KLEPEER— A Supreme Delegate,
from the words delegate and peers.
GRAND DRAGON— A title from the original
Ku Klux Klan — the Chief Officer of, a Realm.
GREAT TITAN— A title from the original Ku
Klux Klan— the Chief Officer of a Province.
EXALTED CYCLOPS— The Chief Officer of
a klan. Cyclops is from the original Ku
KLEAGLE— Title of an Organizer for the
GIANT— A title from the original Ku Klux
Klan. A Klan Giant is a Past Exalted Cy-
clops ; a Great Giant is a Past Great Titan ;
a Grand Giant is a Past Grand Dragon ; an
Imperial Giant is a Past Imperial Wizard.
NIGHT-HAWK— A title from the original Ku
Klux Klan. He is the custodian of the Fiery
Cross, which he carries in all ceremonies
and Klavalkades. He entertains waiting
aliens just prior to their naturalization.